Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.
Today’s quote … “Weasels may look cute and cuddly; you don’t want to get too close to these little beasts. They might have cute little faces, but weasels are also bloodthirsty.” – Weasel facts
- So Lancaster’s mayor won’t run again; four terms is enough!
- Lancaster Independent Press – LIPNews asks: “Where’s the Light?” – Amy Light.
- Anyone else cringe when some throw out the cute phrase “public-private partnerships (P3s)?” A page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster introduces a Lancaster Countian just named to the Presidential infrastructure team. The article states the man is “chairman of an Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships group at Polsinelli, a Kansas City-based law firm with more than 800 attorneys.”
- There’s even a National Council for Public-Private Partnerships!
- The cute little phrase was batted about last night’s Special Meeting of Columbia Borough Council at which a pitch from AIM Advisors and (project partner Rettew Associates) pitched the P3 notion repeatedly.
- The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about “adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.” The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.
- According to this source, “Finally for a continuous smooth sailing of the PPP phenomenon, the principles of transparency and accountability in the public sector management is paramaount.There should also be a fair and healthy room for competition and a well functioning regulation that stabilises prices, limits monopoly, regulate PPPs should be further strengthen and be more binding.” Amen!
- Two residents expressed their concerns about the reintroduction of the anerobic digester idea that was floated in 2015. One read from an LNP – Always Lancaster article from 2015 (Click here to read that article and a Columbia news, views & reviews post from July 6, 2015.) and questioned the viability of the project. Another asked whether the councillors had visited any other municipality operating a digester.
- “For all the noise out of the mainstream corporate media about ‘fake news,’ it didn’t take long for a mass knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday morning to morph into widespread reporting of an ‘active shooter.’”